Shankh Prakshalan-Say goodbye to constipation by doing 5 yoga poses

Are you facing constipation more frequently? Do you feel lethargic instead of having proper meals? Have you heard of Shankh Prakshalan?

Your hormones are off track, and you can’t focus on anything. Is it difficult for you to let go? Then Shankh Prakshalana is the answer you have been looking for.

Let me explain to you what Shankh Prakashalana is, why it is needed, and how you can do this.

What is Shankh Prakshalan

You know that our intestine is almost 7.5 meters long, and it’s like a conch shell. Just like conch shell intestine also has many folds where hardened stool, accumulated waste, and mucus get deposited over a while. Ultimately, these autointoxicants affects our overall health.

Cleaning of the alimentary canal by saline water is known as sankha prakshalana, where accumulated waste and trapped energy are removed from the system.

In the hath yoga tradition, cleansing of the entire body is of utmost importance. Because it prepares your body and mind to reach higher dimensions if something is stuck in, whether its bodily or deep-seated psychological waste. It stops you from realizing yourself.

Sankha Prakhsalana or Varisar Dhauti is a part of shatkarma. Shatkarma involves various steps where the complete cleaning of the body happens. The intestinal cleanse or sankh prakshalana is one of them where the entire alimentary canal is thoroughly washed by saline water.

How this intestinal cleanse Shankh Praksalan works

It not only removes the piled up residual waste but also releases the trapped energy. This waste creates tension around intestines, and as a result, you tend to feel lethargic. You feel light and rejuvenated because all digestive systems become clean and fresh as a new baby. This process transforms the body entirely.

How to do Intestinal Cleanse

How this intestinal cleanse Sankh Praksalan works

Intestinal cleanse or shankha prakshalana is a step-by-step procedure. In this process, the three primary methods are involved.


Before the day of the primary procedure, have a light dinner, or skip the meal. Just having a glass of milk would suffice. Having light dinner give time to your digestive system to prepare for the cleanse. You can also take haritaki powder or chebulic myrobalan in the night if available.

Main Procedure

Intestinal cleaning should be done early in the morning, around 6 am to 7 am. At first, Prepare the saltwater by mixing two teaspoons of salt per one liter of warm water. You may need more water, so prepare the saltwater in the same ratio in advance.
The process involves drinking 8-10 glasses of warm saltwater, performing five yoga asanas, and expel it through the bowel.
You should drink saline water as quickly as possible. After finishing drinking water, perform eight sets of given below mentioned yoga poses, respectively.

  • Tadasana
  • Tiryak Tadasana
  • Kati Chakrasana
  • Tiryak Bhujangasana
  • Udarakarshana Asana


Mountain pose or Tadasana is the first Asana you have to perform. Tadasana opens up pyloric sphincter muscle of the stomach, which lets saline water enters into the intestine.

Tiryak Tadasana

Tiryak tadasana facilitates the movement of water into the intestines’ layers by contacting the side of the organs.

Kati Chakrasana

This Asana puts pressure on the intestines’ walls by twisting it and thus making water to pass downwards easily.

Tiryak Bhujangasana

It opens up the ileocaecal sphincter valve of the small intestine. As a result, saline water enters into large intestines.

Udarakarshana Asana

This Asana continuously contracts and relaxes the stomach muscles, which facilitates the passing of collected waste and mucus from the large intestines.

Repeat the process of drinking saline water and performing Asana until you feel to empty the bowel.
Once you see the clear water starts coming from the anus, you should stop the process. Since the intestines are cleaned thoroughly, you would feel light.

Post Procedure

post procedure of shankh prakshalan

Afterward, you can do but not necessarily Jalneti and Kunjal kriya for getting the best results. Try to lay down in Shavasana for 10 minutes after performing the process. Take rest for at least 30 to 45 minutes. But do not sleep as it may cause headache and cold.
After at least 3 hours of the procedure, you can have a meal of khichdi, a combination of moong dal and basmati rice along with clarified butter.

Precautions after doing shankh Prakshalan

  • Maintain the 6 hours gap between the meals on the day of the procedure.
  • Do not snack in between
  • Have a light diet of whole-grain and freshly prepared meals for at least one week after the procedure.
  • Avoid spices like chilies, garlic, ginger, meat, and dairy for about a week.

Benefits of Shankh Prakshalan

  • Shankha Prakshalan is a yogic way of cleaning the inner body. It not only facilitates the body for practicing yoga but also calms down the mind, increasing concentration, and focus so that you can learn meditation and other Dhyan practices quickly.
  • Apart from this, It has many physical benefits.
  • It cures constipation, indigestion, acidity, and many other digestive disorders.
  • Removes the impurities from the digestive system, thus strengthen and improve the digestive system.
  • It boosts hemoglobin levels.
  • This intestinal cleanse also increases metabolism; this helps you to lose weight.
  • This process detoxifies the body. As a result, your skin becomes soft and supple. It also relieves you of skin allergies and eczema. The skin conditions like Acne and psoriasis even disappear after practicing it regularly.
  • It rejuvenates your body. Thereby you feel light and healthy.
  • It revitalizes sight and taste. After doing this procedure, you would feel your senses got sharpen.
  • Furthermore, It brings in the balance upon the mind, which calms you down.
  • Sankh Prakshalan balances the hormones by instigating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often you can perform the procedure?

You can do Sankha Prakshalan after a gap of every six months.

Should I discontinue the medications for my High blood pressure or cholesterol?

No you should not discontinue before consulting your medical practitioner.

This article is only for information and creating awareness about the cleanse. Sankh Prakshalan should be done under a trained and experienced yoga teacher. It is not a guide to do at home without training and supervision. Therefore, It is strictly recommended to perform yogic activities under guidance. I, too, did this process in Patanjali Yogpeeth and regained vitality and vigor. Do consult your nearest yoga center for sankha prakshalana if the facility is available.

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